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Jason Sheehan @ Westword

jtc | Jun 2, 200709:17 AM     28

I've started this discussion here, since previous posts that have shown up on the Southwest Board have been removed. I posted that, based on past experience, I questioned Jason's positive review of Gennaros Lounge in Denver. Someone stated that Jason might be providing positive reviews for Westword advertisers. I have read enough of his reviews and seen enough negative reviews that were printed opposite of the restaurant's ad to know that he would not stoop to that level. With that being said, let me state what I don't like about his work. First, the most important tool for a reviewer is anonymity. His apparent relationships with many Denver chefs make me wonder how he can sit down to a meal at their restaurant without them knowing who he is. If you want to be a personality in the food scene, write books or get a TV show like your hero, Anthony Bourdain. Maybe it's unrealistic to expect that in a city the size of Denver compared to NY, SF, etc. but it would be nice to see him try. Secondly, I have no interest in stories about your past work history slaving away in the kitchens of the world. Again, a great subject for books or TV, not reviews. Read Frank Bruni at the NY Times to get an idea of what works. History of the restaurant, a little about the space, and then what's good and what's not. You're treading on thin ice when you wax poetic about your working past in that gastronomic mecca, Rochester, NY. This is the city who's contribution to the culinary world is the Garbage Plate at Nick Tahou's. I agree with someone's post that the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News don't offer much competition. I'm just not ready to crown this guy.

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